On Monday, many Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence, criticised Donald Trump for eating with a white supremacist who doesn’t believe in the Holocaust and Kanye West just days after he announced his third run for president.
In an interview, Pence called on Trump to apologize, claiming that the previous president “demonstrated terribly terrible judgement” when he met with West, now known as Ye, and Nick Fuentes, a far-right activist with a history of antisemitism and white nationalism, last week at Mar-a-Lago.
The event is a test of whether party leaders will support Trump as he launches another presidential campaign after eight years of responding to his problems.
Trump claims he didn’t know Fuentes before the meeting. He has yet to repudiate Fuentes or Ye, who has made a number of antisemitic statements in recent weeks, leading to his ban from social media and the collapse of his links with big corporations like Adidas.
“President Trump should apologise for inviting a white supremacist, an antisemite, and a Holocaust denier to the table.” Pence told NewsNation’s Leland Vittert on Monday night that he should reject those folks and their nasty remarks without reservation.
Pence, who is considering running against Trump, has stated that he does not believe Trump is antisemitic or racist, and that he would not have served as his vice president if he were.